BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The motorcade ride came to a stop on Buffalo's east side, wherea burgeoning green business drew the President's attention.
President Obama gave a brief speech to invited guests insideIndustrial Support, Inc. His theme: small business can power newjobs for America and the economic free fall has stopped.
President Obama said, "I want to say to Buffalo, to all of you,I want to say to Amercia. We can say beyond a shadow of a doubt weare headed in the right direction."
The President spoke after an extended tour of the plant, whichmakes a wide range of products, including a hovercraft.
Plant owner Dave Sullivan called the experience of hosting thePresident fantastic.
Sullivan said, "We worked real hard and everybody's been goodwith us, the White House staff. It's been a really niceexperience."
Employee Michael Nassucci said, "I think he chose us becausewe're very diversified in the work we do and the people here arejust amazing."
Employee James Vance said, "Well, you can take one person fromone department and put them in another department and they knowexactly what to do because we were trained that way."
The President took a handful of questions and touched on a widerange of issues from health care, to transportation, to theeconomy.
Rep. Louise Slaughter said, "I'm really keen on bringingmanufacturing back. I'm a person who believes you are not a superpower is you don't make anything."
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said, "I thought he touched alot of the bases that people who are interested in job growthwanted to hear him touch."
The President made a strong personal impression on many who wereclose enough to ask questions and shake his hand.
Canisius College student Leigh Giangreco said, "Just to get,like, eye contact from him and to acknowledge me, it was reallythrilling. It was great."
Sue Hyjek said, "It was unbelievable, an unbelievableexperience. I never thought it would ever happen to me."
Could it happen again? One of the people instrumental inbringing the President to the queen city says he's working onit.
Rep. Brian Higgins said, "I'm one of many who urged him to comehere, but I want him to come back and see more of Buffalo andwestern New York and I'm confident that he will."
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